Tribune News Service
Mumbai, March 20
Resident doctors across Maharashtra's public hospitals went on a mass casual leave on Monday to protest at least five incidents of assaults on their colleagues across the state in the last several days.
The striking doctors said they would not return to work until government increases safety measures in hospitals. “We will remain on strike till the government increases security for doctors in all public hospitals,” Dr Sagar Mundada, president, Indian Medical
Association's youth wing told reporters here.
According to Mundada 4000 doctors across the state are on strike.
Incidents of assaults on doctors have been reported at Mumbai's Sion Hospital and state run hospitals in Dhule and Nashik. The latest incident of assault happened at the Wadia hospital in Central Mumbai's Parel, where a doctor was beaten up.
In all cases, patients who were brought in critical condition had died during treatment and those accompanying them assaulted the doctors on duty.
Following the strike surgeries at all government hospitals were postponed. Senior doctors and teaching staff at hospitals say they are handling only emergency cases.
While warning the striking doctors of legal action, Mumbai's mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar told reporters that the administration would enhance security at government hospitals in order to check assaults on doctors. The civic body announced that 400 more security personnel would be deployed at the major hospitals.
In Mumbai all the five major civic hospitals, KEM, Sion, Nair, JJ and Cooper, were affected by the strike.